Public records

Arizona Supreme Court rules electronic data is public

Ansley Schrimpf | Freedom of Information | Feature | October 29, 2009
October 29, 2009

The Arizona Supreme Court today ruled that metadata – information about the history, tracking and management of an electronic document – is subject to the state’s public records law.

NCAA releases documents in Florida State case

Brooke Ericson | Freedom of Information | Quicklink | October 28, 2009
October 28, 2009

The NCAA today released Florida State University disciplinary records to comply with a court order after the Florida Supreme Court rejected its last-ditch effort to block their release.

Appeals court releases its opinion on release of petition signers

Miranda Fleschert | Freedom of Information | Quicklink | October 26, 2009
October 26, 2009

On the heels of a Supreme Court ruling that temporarily blocked the release of the names of people who petitioned to repeal a same-sex marriage law in Washington state, the appeals court has released its rationale for its earlier order to disclose the names.

Requests for Florida school records expensive, time consuming

Kirk Davis | Freedom of Information | Quicklink | October 26, 2009
October 26, 2009

The open-government site Sunshine Review found that despite Florida's strong open records law, obtaining information on public schools is still a daunting process for private citizens, the group's editor wrote in the Orlando Sentinel.

Supreme Court halts release of petition signers in Washington state

Kirk Davis | Privacy | Quicklink | October 21, 2009
October 21, 2009

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday blocked the release of the names of people who petitioned to overturn a Washington state law that gives benefits to same-sex couples, Scotusblog reported.

Washington judiciary declares itself exempt from open records law

Miranda Fleschert | Freedom of Information | Quicklink | October 16, 2009
October 16, 2009

Washington’s Public Records Act does not apply to the state’s judiciary, the Washington Supreme Court ruled on Thursday. The decision exempts all judges within the state from disclosing their professional correspondence or case files.

NCAA appeals to high court as Florida State releases documents

Ansley Schrimpf | Freedom of Information | Quicklink | October 15, 2009
October 15, 2009

Florida State University released a transcript that was the subject of a protracted public records dispute Wednesday as the National College Athletic Association made a last-ditch request to Florida Supreme Court to halt the disciplinary documents' release, The New York Times reported.

Exam questions are a trade secret in Ohio

Amanda Becker | Freedom of Information | Quicklink | September 21, 2009
September 21, 2009

Ohio's Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that the annual exam given to ninth-graders in Cincinnati's public schools is not a public record subject to disclosure because it is a trade secret and therefore excempt from public records law, The Columbus Dispatch reports.

Florida Attorney General weighs in on NCAA documents dispute

Caitlin Dickson | Freedom of Information | Quicklink | August 7, 2009
August 7, 2009

Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum has stepped into the battle of the Florida news organizations against the National College Athletics Association and Florida State University over a records dispute, the Orlando Sentinel reported. McCollum filed a friend-of-the-court brief this week backing up the press in their claim that the university has tried to sidestep the state's Sunshine Law.

Washington judge blocks release of petitioners' names

Caitlin Dickson | Freedom of Information | Quicklink | August 3, 2009
August 3, 2009

A Washington judge has approved a temporary restraining order blocking the release of a list of petitioners who favor a referendum on changes to the state's domestic-partnership law. The political group Protect Marriage Washington requested the order, saying that the release could lead to harassment from gay-rights activists, The Associated Press reported.